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  • New Scouts
  • How to Join
  • Troop Basics
  • Costs
  • Fundraising
  • Equipment
  • Advancement
  • Key Leaders

    Troop 33 works to provide quality affordable program which will challenge, inspire, and educate.

    Boys learn about things around them and discover things within them. Troop 33 has explored new horizons in 49 states and 20 foreign nations.

    "Always an Adventure"


    We welcome new members and visitors at any time.

    For more information, contact any of the leaders on our contact page.


    The Boy Scout program is open to boys who are 11 through 17 years old.


    If you’ve

    (a) turned 11
    (b) completed fifth grade, or
    (c) earned the Arrow of Light award
      in Cub Scouting,

    ...then you can become a Boy Scout.

    Many of the Scouts in Troop 33 have been members of Cub Packs, but you can join without having ever been a Cub Scouts or Webelos.

    Complete a youth application form.

    We invite you to get a better sense for Troop 33 by visiting us.

    Monday 7:00 p.m.
    Basement - Scout room
    First Lutheran Church
    324 N Third St, DeKalb, IL

    (Use alley door by dumpster)

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    Our troop does activities like climbing, camping, canoeing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, swimming, and more!

    We also have regular weekly meetings where we prepare for our activities. If you join our troop you can run for leadership positions and influence where we go and what we do. Our adults don't decide, the Scouts do.

    Boy Scout Troop 33 has a tradition of providing excellent experience for boys and young men. It combines outdoor adventure with the skills of leadership and the opportunity to practice citizenship. Troop 33 has an active, vibrant program that challenges its members to do their best.

    Meetings are held on Monday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, in the basement of First Lutheran Church. We do our best to offer a full and varied calendar of events that attracts scouts with many interests. Camping, day trips, and other outdoor activities are the foundation of our program but we also enjoy high adventure trips, historical tours, and other special events.

    We average about 35-40 Scouts on our roster. The Scouts and Scoutmaster are supported by a Troop Committee that has over 15 adults who volunteer their time for a variety of tasks. Parents are always welcome at any of our events, including campouts and are encouraged to be active in the Troop.

    Troop 33 is boy-run and we strive to achieve the three aims of Boy Scouting - growth in moral strength and character, participating citizenship and development of physical, mental and emotional fitness. Scouts plan our yearly calendar and troop activities.


    Our annual troop dues are $48.00
    which include

    Boys Life magazine
    Advancement awards.

    Troop Dues are pro-rated at $4.00/month for boys joining after January. Scouts pay to participate in the weekend outings, to cover the cost of permits, food and transportation. Most camping trips are around $20.00.

    About 75% of our activities are free. A week of summer camp is $265-$290. High Adventure trips vary in cost. Scouts can earn money through our fundraising programs.


    We have several fundraisers where Scouts can earn money. Our only product sale is popcorn. Most other fundraisers are food booths conducted at festivals. Many boys earn their way through Scouting by participating in fundraising activities. Fundraising income makes Scouting more affordable for boys willing to work.


          Trails End Popcorn

          MEAL EVENTS
          Pancake Breakfast

          FOOD BOOTHS
          AYSO Soccer Games
          Biking for Beanzie
          DeKalb Corn Fest
          Ellwood House Art Fair
          Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival
          Hopkins Park July 4th Fireworks
          National Night Out
          Northern Illinois Art Fair
          Tails Mutt Strutt

          Aluminum recycling
          Corn Fest Clean Up
          Cowboy shoot


    Troop 33 owns tents, cooking equipment, canoes, and a fleet of trailers. Scout only need a uniform shirt, sleeping bag, eating utensils, and extra clothes.

    Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, gaining self-confidence, growing in self-reliance, and improving his ability to help others.

          - Scout
          - Tenderfoot
          - Second Class
          - First class
          - Star
          - Life
          - Eagle


    Chartered Organization Represenative:
    Bob Snow
    Bob earned the Eagle Scout Award in 1964 as a member of Troop 33. He is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and in the past has served as Aquatics Director at Chin-Be-Gota Scout Reservaion and Camp Director at Camp Big Timber. Bob has been continuously registered with Troop 33 since 1961. He attended the 1964 national Jamboree, Colorado Skiing, Boundary Waters, and disaster relief work following Hurricane Katrina. Bob owns and operates Parkside Bed and Breakfast, works as an attorney, and is retired from Northern Illinois University College of Law.

    Troop Committee Chairman:
    Chad McNett
    Chad joined the troop as a parent of a scout. He was formerly Cubmaster of Pack 123 in Malta. He has attended Camp Lowden summer camp for several years, backpacked in the Rocky Mountains, and worked in Troop 33's disaster relief project following Hurricane Sandy. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He works as Community Relations and Training Officer for the DeKalb Police Department.

    Cliff Golden
    Joining Troop 33 as a Scout in 1965, Cliff served as an Assistant Scoutmaster, later becoming Scoutmaster in November 1976. He is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow He's made dozens of high adventure trips around the USA and beyond. During his tenure as Scoutmaster his Scouts have traveled to 49 states and 19 foreign countries, with more than 60 Scouts earning the Eagle Award. He is the recipient of the District Award of Merit, Founders Award, Silver Beaver Award and National Hall of Leadership. He works at Northern Illinois University in Founders Memorial Library.

    Cliff appears in this video discussing
    Troop 33's disaster relief projects.
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    Cliff appears at 4:20 in the video.

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